More than 10 years and three labels after its crusade began, New Jersey's Overkill is still churning out solid slabs of molten metal. Perhaps the band has been thrashing away too single-mindedly to notice how little ground it has gained, but instead of whining about the collapse of its industry or the fickle nature of its former fans, Overkill has kept on keeping on. From the Underground and Below is a thundering sludge-fest that features enough rhythm changes and diverse mood shifts to keep the songs surging even when they lack solid vocal hooks. --Jon Wiederhorn
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When you look at this band, since their inception, they deliver not just good, but GREAT thrash metal. During the 90's when thrash metal was almost overseen by the grunge metal wave, this band continously stayed to their true selves and continued to deliver some of the best songs ever written. Unlike Metallica, they did not slow down one bit. Blitz continued to put out extreme vocals even after his stroke, which tell you the compassion these guys have for this music. Listening to them, you can hear the sounds of new metal bands. It is ashamed that they have not been included among the greatest in thrash metal.
I bought this CD as a Christmas gift for my son. He had ordered one about a year ago (not from Amazon), and it was stolen when it was delivered. He was disappointed because it was a CD that was hard for him to find. I was happy to find it on Amazon, but was a bit concerned that it was used. It turned out to be fine, though. The item was as described by the seller and it arrived quickly. I enjoyed seeing the smile on his face when he opened it Christmas morning. He has since listened to it, and I asked my son if it was what he had expected and wanted, and he replied that it was.
The only album without any green or black is the best Overkill besides Years Of Decay, Under The Influence, Horrorscope or I Hear Black. It is fist first, beat you down Metal. It should be a reference point for every band. Front to back all killer no filler. It's out of print in the States so shop wisely and buy it. Elimination will be this album for your pocket in time.
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